2019 : Festive Season on the Romantic Rhine (WAZ-T1) - Vista

8 Day River Cruise Amsterdam to Basel

One of Europe's most legendary rivers awaits you on this special winter voyage along the Rhine River across Germany, and touching in Holland, France, and Switzerland! This magnificent festive season Rhine river cruise begins in Amsterdam, Holland, with a canal cruise along the elegant grachten lined with homes dating back to the city's "Golden Age."

Cruise to the 2,000-year-old city of Cologne, Germany. Try a locally brewed Kolsch beer, marvel at the amazing gothic architecture, and stroll the Christkindlesmarkt for mementos, confections, and hot drinks. You'll sail through the dramatic Rhine Gorge on your way to Rudesheim where you'll be enchanted by the festive Christmas market glow. Visit Siegfried's Mechanical Musical Instrument Museum for extra holiday cheer. In Mainz, enjoy the remarkable Gutenberg Museum and lovely holiday markets. Join an excursion to Heidelberg Castle, home to the Great Vat (the world's largest barrel of wine)!

In Strasbourg, France, see the red-sandstone gothic cathedral with ancient murals, and the city's astronomical clock, as well as Strasbourg's famous Christmas market-one of the oldest and finest in Europe. You'll sail to the gateway of the beautiful Black Forest in Breisach, Germany, and experience the magical charm, festive lights, and traditional décor of each destination's shining Christmas markets.

At every stop, you'll experience the magical charm of this time of year, with the towns decked out in festive lights and décor, and the Christmas markets waiting to be explored.

Cruise at-a-Glance

Day 1 Amsterdam (Embarkation):Welcome reception on board
Day 2 Amsterdam: Canal cruise
Day 3 Cologne: Guided city walk; Christmas market
Day 4 Rhine Gorge-Rudesheim: Cruise through the Rhine Gorge; visit Siegfried's Mechanical Musical Instrument Museum in Rudesheim; special treat; Christmas market
Day 5 Mainz. Excursion to Heidelberg: Guided walk, visit the Gutenberg Museum in Mainz, free time for Christmas market; excursion to Heidelberg, guided visit of the castle, see the Great Vat
Day 6 Strasbourg: Guided sightseeing, visit the La Petite France district and the gothic cathedral; Christmas market
Day 7 Breisach: Excursion to the Black Forest:Choice of Black Forest Excursion, or guided tour in Colmar; Christmas market
Day 8 Basel (Disembarkation): Your vacation ends this morning

Always Included

You've always forged your own path...with your own distinct perspective of looking at the world. Avalon Waterways presents a river cruise experience with your unique style in mind-offering expansive views and wider perspectives. That's why we've designed a cruise experience that's just a bit different.

Here are just some of the features and amenities you'll experience on board our Avalon ships. See the Ship Amenities Section below for more information about the amenities in our fleet's unique ships.

Throughout the Ship:

  • Complimentary Wi-Fi
  • Panoramic windows
  • Elegant, contemporary design & decor
  • Friendly, English-speaking crew & Cruise Director
  • Sky Deck with whirlpool, shade awnings, game area and premium lounges
  • Covered Observation Lounge
  • Club Lounge with 24-hour self-serve beverage station with complimentary cappuccinos, lattes, tea, hot chocolate & premium coffees, as well as treats throughout the day

    Suites & Staterooms:

  • Comfort Collection BedsSM with choice of mattress firmness
  • Egyptian super-combed cotton linens
  • Bathrobes & slippers
  • Premium L'Occitane bath products
  • Large bathroom featuring shower with glass door
  • Flatscreen satellite TV with free movie channels
  • Individual climate control and in-room safe
  • Complimentary bottled water daily
  • And, much more.

    Health & Fitness:

  • Bikes
  • Canoe, kayak and jogging excursions
  • Maps for hiking, biking and jogging routes
  • Fitness and wellness activities
  • Fitbits®
  • All through your Avalon Adventure HostSM


  • FlexDiningSM for more venue and seating options, including flexible seating times in our main Dining Room
  • Avalon FreshSM healthy cuisine options at every meal
  • Complimentary sparkling wine with breakfast; wine, beer, or soft drinks with every lunch and dinner
  • Early and Late Riser breakfast options
  • Daily full buffet breakfast with made-to-order egg station, hot and cold menu items
  • Daily lunch buffet with pasta or carving stations
  • Alternative light lunch or Sky Grill on the Sky Deck (weather permitting)
  • Daily Afternoon Tea featuring tea, coffee, sweet treats & sandwiches
  • Daily four-course a la carte dinner in the main Dining Room with choice of appetizers, soups, salads, entrees and desserts. Includes selections of regional recipes, Western dishes and vegetarian options.
  • Alternative Panorama Bistro dinner, featuring regional specialties and small plates
  • Captain's welcome & farewell receptions and dinners with sparkling wine and canapes
  • Panorama Lounge featuring premium spirits and Avalon specialty cocktails, along with local entertainment special guests
  • Cocktails available on the Sky Deck
  • Fresh fruit available throughout the day


    Avalon has designed included activities with a choice of experiences. We invite you to select the tours, activities, and events that interest you most, so you can experience your cruise your way. There are 3 types of included shore excursion on every Europe cruise:
    Your local expert is ready to guide you through the history and heritage of local destinations. You'll marvel at the legends, lore, and spectacular architecture of iconic and historic sites.
    We've found inspiring and interactive activities to speak to your interests - from cooking classes, to painting workshops - to immerse yourself in each culture you explore.
    Embark on energetic excursions to keep you in motion and on the go - from a guided jogging tour of Amsterdam, to biking, paddling, and hiking your way through scenic locales.

  • Plus independent exploration options and use of our exclusive AvalonGO APP.

    Day-By-Day Itinerary

    (B) = Breakfast (L) = Lunch (D) = Dinner

    Day 1
    Welcome to Holland! Your Suite Ship is Ready for Boarding.Flights into Amsterdam must arrive by 3:30 pm. Guests must be on board ship by 5 pm. With a free day to explore before your cruise, take time to enjoy the warmth and glow of Christmas tradition or join a Guided Optional Excursion to Zaanse Schans to see historic windmills and charming Dutch houses.

    Day 2
    (B, L, D)
    Colorful Amsterdam -with Canals, Crooked Houses, and Cuisine of a Golden Age
    Explore the iconic waterways of Amsterdam on a Guided Canal Cruise past stately homes of Amsterdam's "Golden Age."

    Day 3
    (B, L, D)
    Prost! Celebrate in the Rhineland's Capital City
    Take a Guided City Walk of Cologne-with its soaring twin-steepled gothic cathedral, OR:
    Spend free time enjoying the festive, warm glow of Cologne's Christmas markets. Later, enjoy live entertainment on board.

    Day 4
    (B, L, D)
    Eat, Drink and be Merry in Wine Country
    Sail through the Rhine Gorge to Rudesheim, past the legendary rock of The Lorelei-where the siren of mythology sang songs to lure ill-fated sailors.
    Take a Guided Tour of the incredible Mechanical Music Museum for one-of-a-kind instrumental experience.
    Based on your departure date, enjoy either a Coffee Tasting or a Wine Tasting.
    Don't miss the tantalizing treats, and seasonal handiwork of sparkling winter wonderlands in the city. Later, enjoy live entertainment on board.

    Day 5
    (B, L, D)
    Printing Halls, Castle Walls, and the World's Biggest Barrel of wine
    Enjoy a Guided City Walk, including a visit to the Gutenberg Museum to see the captivating history of printing.
    Enjoy a Guided Tour to Heidelberg Castle to see the ruins of the magnificent renaissance treasure towering above the city, and its famed Great Vat, the "World's Largest Wine Barrel."
    In your free time in Mainz visit the local Christmas market: explore at your own pace to soak up the sights and sound.

    Day 6
    (B, L, D)
    Gothic Giants, Military Marvels, and Varietal Vintages
    Join a City Sightseeing Tour, including Strasbourg's gothic, stained-glass cathedral with its celebrated ancient murals and astronomical clock, as well as the magical La Petit France District.
    Savor the warmth and glow of Christmas tradition by spending your free time wandering the French winter markets of Strasbourg. Take in the lights, music, and the pleasures of the season.
    You may also choose to join a Guided Optional Excursion to visit Alsace's wine country today.

    Day 7
    (B, L, D)
    History, Artistry, and the Beautiful Black Forest
    Visit the charming village of Colmar on a Guided Tour of its half-timbered medieval and early renaissance buildings, OR:
    Join a full-day Guided Tour to the magical Black Forest to experience the Vogtsbauernhof open-air-museum, visit an authentic water mill, and see a traditional Bavarian butter-making demonstration.
    Follow your visit to Colmar with a free afternoon in Breisach, and browse the lovely Christmas market to sample bretzels, mulled wine, and Black Forest cake.

    Day 8
    Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning.
    Flights should not leave Zurich airport before 10 am.


  • In the event of water level problems or any problems of a technical nature, it may be necessary to operate the itinerary by motorcoach or to alter the program.
  • Included visits and special features are subject to change. If a change is necessary, a substitute will be offered.
  • Please check visa requirements with your local consulate(s); responsibility for obtaining visas rests with the traveler.
  • Christmas markets are open from the first weekend in December, depending on the location.
  • Call (603) 524-2500 for more information or to book today! Mention code 13849771

    Cruise Line
    Avalon Waterways
    Offer valid through 6/30/2018
    8 Days
    Cruise Ship

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    Day 1Amsterdam  
    Day 2Amsterdam  
    Day 3Cologne  
    Day 4Rudesheim  
    Day 5Mainz  
    Day 6Strasbourg  
    Day 7Breisach  
    Day 8Basel  

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    Gateway city for departure is Zurich, Switzerland.

    Port charges:

    Gratuities to Local Guides & Excursion Drivers are included.

    Please call for single accommodation price. Triples not available.

    Extra nights per person in Amsterdam:
    in single room from $204 to $387, in twin room from $132 to $227

    Extra nights per person in Zurich:
    in single room $215, in twin room $146

    All prices per person based on double occupancy. Cruise price based on Category E in a deluxe outside stateroom on Indigo Deck. See below for upgrade pricing.

    To upgrade to a higher category, add per person:

    Category / Decks / Price
    D / Indigo Deck / $199
    B / Sapphire Deck / $1149
    A / Sapphire Deck / $1199
    P / Royal Deck / $1299
    Royal Suite / Royal Deck / $2199

    Prices shown are "starting at" prices and do not include airfare.

    Travel Terms & Conditions
    The purchase of any travel services offered by Avalon Waterways, constitutes a contractual arrangement between you (the Traveler) and Avalon Waterways, and represents your acceptance of the Terms & Conditions. Please ensure that you read carefully and understand the Terms & Conditions prior to booking. These Terms & Conditions cover Deposit & Final Payment information, Air-Inclusive Deposits & Final Payment, Revisions & Revision Fees, Air Arrangements, Participation, Travelers Who Need Special Assistance, Young Travelers, Smoking, Price Policy, Visas and Passports, Hotels & Accommodations, Baggage Allowance, Travel Documents, Not Included in the Land Price, Refunds, Service Inquires After the Vacation, Holidays, Safety, Photos & Pictures, Optional Excursions, and Responsibility.

    Important Notes

  • Vacation departures, itineraries and prices are subject to change.
  • A non-refundable, non-transferable deposit is required for Avalon Waterways to reserve space for you. View Terms & Conditions for limited exceptions.
  • The following charges are not included in the land/cruise vacation price unless otherwise noted: airfare to and from the start of your vacation; intra-vacation air, unless specified in the itinerary; airline baggage fees including checked and/or excess baggage fees; Federal inspection fees for the Federal U.S. Customs and Immigrations; International Air Transportation tax; agricultural tax; other per person taxes imposed by government entities; airport taxes and fees, including the September 11th Security fee up to $11.20 per person, passenger facility charges up to $18 per person, Federal domestic flight segment fees up to $4.10 per segment, and U.S. and international arrival and departure and other government-imposed added by the airline and applicable at time of booking; port taxes; passports; visas and vaccinations; tips to your Cruise Director, Local Host, driver, Local Guides, and/or ship's crew; gratuities on ferries, trains, and cruise ships; laundry; telephone; minibar; alcohol, beverages, and food outside of the contracted Avalon menu as presented at a hotel or restaurant or onboard your vessel (these extra items will be billed to you before leaving the hotel, ship, or restaurant); airport transfers on non-qualifying flights; optional excursions; additional activities and excursions purchased online; porterage at airports and train stations; Travel Protection; and all other items of a personal nature.
  • Additional airline-imposed fees for seat assignments may apply and are not included in your total package cost. Please refer to carrier websites for seat assignment policies and applicable pricing.

    Booking your Vacation with Air
    Our volume buying power saves you money. We may be able to provide you with flight arrangements from your gateway city. Avalon Waterways offers 2 air options: Flex Air and Instant Purchase Air. Early Airfare Price Guarantee locks in a price that is guaranteed not to increase. Air pricing and schedules are available approximately 330 days prior to last travel date in the itinerary. At that time the best air price will be utilized and a new invoice with the air cost and confirmed schedule will be sent. The identity of the carrier, which may include the carrier's codeshare partner, will be assigned and disclosed at this time. If the guaranteed price is the lowest, the schedule with the lowest fare per contracted classes of service will be booked. Any voluntary change to the confirmed flights negates the guaranteed price and is subject to air pricing at the time of the change.

    Guaranteed air-inclusive prices - air is only available to passengers traveling from the United States and only available when booked in conjunction with a land vacation. An additional non-refundable air deposit of $300 per person is required for Flex Air booked in conjunction with any land vacation (i.e. air-inclusive vacation). Air can only be booked by Avalon in conjunction with a vacation package. Instant Purchase Air requires air payment in full at time of booking (i.e. air-inclusive vacation) plus a non-refundable per person service fee of $30 (North/Central America), $50 (Europe/Middle East) or $80 (all other international destinations). Once booked, Instant Purchase Air is non-refundable, and non-changeable. Some vacations may only offer one Air type option. However, once your airfare is confirmed and Avalon has received your full air and land deposit, your air-inclusive vacation price is guaranteed.

    Air-Inclusive Vacations - Applicable Taxes & Fees
    Air-inclusive vacations include government-imposed taxes and fees applicable at the time of booking and will be shown as a Total Amount. Additional airline fees for baggage may apply. At the time of booking your air-inclusive vacation online, carrier Websites will be provided to check baggage fees, or you can visit www.iflybags.com for up-to-date baggage pricing/restrictions. For return travel from some countries, international travelers are required to pay entry and/or exit fees at the airport. These fees will be collected by the local government and are payable by the traveler at time of travel. Your confirmation booking information will contain information about these fees.

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